If like me, you’ve got an Aloe Vera plant at home, I highly recommend putting it to good use, and start using it for juicing.
Aloe is known to cleanse and detoxify the body, whilst also promoting skin regeneration. If you suffer from any digestive problems or poor circulation, then the combination of aloe vera and pineapple is just the ticket.
Of course I must mention, aloe also has a multitude of other uses, our plant gets used fairly frequently here, we use it for making shower gels and for soothing little cuts and burns. If you get sunburn over the summer, aloe will be your natural healing and cooling friend.
The downside of this wondrous plant…the taste! Aloe can be quite bitter, so the addition of pineapple sweetens the juice and banishes that funky flavor.
The aloe plant regenerates at a really quick rate, and hooray, it’s one of those sturdy plants that only needs watering every now and then. I’ve had my plant for about five years, and it’s been pulled, prodded and moved hundreds of times, and it’s still going strong.
This recipe yields 1/2 a litre of juice, but I guess more if you use a nutribullet or ninja. I’m afraid I’m an old fashioned gal, so I just use a blender.
- 2 cups of fresh/frozen pineapple pieces
- 1 fat stalk from an aloe vera plant
- 2 cups of water
- 1 small teaspoon of honey (optional)
Select a fat aloe leaf, and start by cutting off the thorny sides.
Once that’s done, take a peeler and peel off one flat side of the leaf. You want the meaty fleshy part to be exposed.
Then, with either a spoon or a knife, extract the gel like flesh. I like to save the skin, because you can use that part topically as a skin moisturizer or soother.
Then, combine everything together and blitz with your blender or ninja.
Obviously, you’ll have to strain the juice if using a regular blender like me, a sieve or some muslin cloth works just fine.
So go on, give your body some loving and feel the effects of this magical combination. I like to call it my spa juice, because it makes me feel clean and refreshed.